January 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – Since December 30, 2018, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate has been integrated into the Carrier Strike Group3 (CSG3) and is escorting the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN) area of operations.
The frigate thus participated, from 15 to 17 January 2019, in an operational preparation called Intrepid Sentinel. The maneuver included the USS aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, American frigates USS Mobile Bay and USS Spruance, Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat, and British frigate HMS Dragon. It was intended to enhance the interoperability of allied forces and demonstrate their ability to deploy a multinational force in the region.
On 17 January, the Cassard received Admiral Michael Wettlaufer, commander of CSG3 of the US Navy and Combined Task Force 50. During his visit, Admiral Wettlaufer stressed the ability and predisposition of both. marines to work together. Before him, Captain Peck, USS Aircraft Commander John C. Stennis, and Commodore Morris, Commander of the Squadron 21 frigate, had already been received aboard.
The Carrier Group John C. Stennis Strike, deployed in the area of operations of the 5th United States Fleet, contributes to the stability and maritime security in this zone that connects the Mediterranean and the Pacific by three strategic routes: the Straits of Ormuz and Bab El Mandeb, as well as the Suez Canal.
The integration of the Cassard at CSG3 made it possible to prepare the future interactions of the carrier strike with the carrier battle group of aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle.
In addition to technical interoperability, the Stennis escort mission allowed for many exchanges of personnel of all ranks.
Created on January 15, 2008 following the agreement between France and the United Arab Emirates, the 700 soldiers of the French forces in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU) have for mission to develop the bilateral and regional military cooperation, but also to welcome the troops from the metropolis and foreign contingents to perfect their aging in desert and urban areas. The commander of the FFEAU is also commander of the maritime zone Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN). In this capacity, he exercises operational control over the French units deployed in his particularly sensitive area of responsibility, which extends from the south of the Suez Canal to the western limits of the waters of Myanmar, Indonesia and Australia.